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Not a bad day. I spent the first few hours phaphing around, arranging a trip to a specialist vet clinic next week (including travelling by pet taxi, as Big Sis is spending her day off having dental work done. I am looking forward to the pet taxi, because Foo might get a chance to drive and earn her own income, which I think would do her good.)

And then I finally got my act together and went out. First went to the art gallery, which I'd kind of planned to do earlier in the day, thinking I needed some good arting up, but I got there just a few minutes before closing time. However, I'd decided the thing I really wanted to see was a bust of Vespasian and they do only have one of those, so it was open for long enough to do that.

I wanted to get a good look at him because I'm ploughing through all these books by Lindsey Davis that are set during the reign of Vespasian, from AD 69-79, and he does pop up a bit.

The antiquities display is quite small (they have considerably more stuff out the back) but at least this time round it's well presented - last time I looked they were clearly in the middle of a big overhaul and the displays were almost random. Still, hard to get a good feel for an era when you then decide to look at pottery that is also Roman...but from 300 years earlier. Or another emperor's bust - from 200 years later.

And then of course, I start musing on the decisions they've made about how to order these items: they've gone for geographical area. One way of doing it, but in the case of Egypt, for example, they're covering thousands of years and some of the more recent stuff - from say, AD 100, are the Mummy portraits that have more to do with Roman and Greek influences than the then already very ancient artistic styles of Eygpt.

Thousands of years, in a few metres of space.

Food for thought anyway, I need to go back and think some more. And to stare at the mummy portraits more, because I find them fascinating (and later in time than the bust of Vespasian that I set out to see).


After that I went over to the gardens and sat in the sun and read a book for a while. It wasn't something I'd normally enjoy doing, but I figured it was safe because I was waiting for a memorial protest.

A few days ago, a young woman was murdered in Melbourne in a random attack in broad daylight, as she went for her regular jog along a popular jogging track near her home. The police response was to advise women to be more cautious and not to go to parks alone.

A gathering was organised via the Book of Faces for 6PM at a park right near town (close to where people work). And to be honest, sitting in a park and reading a book would have made me nervous, were it not for my conviction that a bunch of women would be turning up sometime soon. Not to mention TV crews.

So for once I spent time in a public park, on my own, and felt safe. It was actually very nice.

I wish that feeling safe in a public space was something I could experience more often.


Stuck around for the speeches but left pretty quickly on account of the cold and not knowing anyone. Only about 50 people there, but it had only been called about 5 hours earlier.

And it's time I stuffed some woolly socks into my scooter bag.

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Mar. 20th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
Is this an archaeological museum? I love those places.

So, it's the woman's fault is she gets raped, assaulted or killed in a public place? Right.

Mar. 21st, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, I've not been to the Melbourne Museum in years - I really should rectify this.

I was just at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Yeah, same old victim blaming. :/
Mar. 20th, 2015 11:15 pm (UTC)
I got your lovely card today! Thank you.

Are you on Pinterest? Because there are LOTS of pictures of mummy portraits on there. If you search for Fayum or mummy portraits you see hundreds of different examples. I love looking at the different faces. Some show older people, and you can see an interesting genetic mix - some people looked more like the Greeks, while others are more like the African Egyptians.
Mar. 21st, 2015 02:41 am (UTC)
hee! Funny how they crossed paths.

I am on Pinterest, I've been resisting looking - but it does sound like I'd really enjoy it so maybe I should.

The Fayum and mummy portraits are so cool.
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